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Change of Plans

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If you guys follow my Instagram Stories, you would have seen that we were in the process of planning a trip to Italy for the end of September. We hadn’t booked our tickets though because we needed to figure out exactly how long we wanted to go for & exactly which cities we wanted to visit this time around.

Well, we’ve had a slight change of plans & are so excited about it because one of my best friends is now getting married the end of September in New York! While they’ve been engaged for a little while, they hadn’t set a date yet because of their work schedules. I’m so happy that we didn’t book our tickets to Italy (we would have obviously canceled them for the wedding) & I’m beyond excited to see two of the best people I know get married!! If you saw my Instagram Stories, you know that I’m going to be a bridesmaid & our boys are going to be ring bearers & I got all teary eyed when I opened the package asking us! I’m such a sap when it comes to things these days (having 2 kids & crazy hormone changes will do that to you haha) 🙂

With that said, we will now be in NYC the end of September & will plan for Italy at a later date. If you are from Italy or are very familiar with the weather, when would the next best time be to go to Rome & the Amalfi Coast? Should we wait until the end of Spring/beginning of Summer 2018?

ALSO, since we won’t be going to Italy, we’re planning another trip somewhere tropical & warm for October or November. What are your guys’ favorite tropical destinations?!

Best Food Venice

Best Food in Venice, CA

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We’ve been exploring as much as possible lately & one of our favorite places to go nearby is Venice. There is such a great vibe in Venice because there are so many different types of people in the area. We love to walk down Abbot Kinney for amazing restaurants & some of the cutest shops you’ll ever find. I’ll be honest though, when exploring any area, my favorite thing to experience is the food 🙂 So, I decided to share some of our favorite places that we can’t stay away from because they are THAT delicious!

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1.) Gjelina – This is a favorite of locals & visitors alike because the food & ambiance are incredible. This is perfect for meat-eaters as well as vegetarians, which is nice because there is something for everyone. I highly recommend the pizza but I don’t think you can go wrong with anything on their menu.

2.) Salt & Straw – I might have cried happy tears when Salt & Straw finally made its way to LA from Portland. This is hands down one of my favorite spots for ice cream! The Roasted Strawberry & Toasted White Chocolate, Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons and the Honey Lavender are just a few of my favorites. I have never known anyone who has tried this place & not fallen in love.

3.) Cafe Gratitude – Don’t be afraid of this plant-based menu! I honestly can’t get enough of this place & would eat here daily if I lived nearby. I love the Squash Quesadillas, Mexican Bowl, Veggie Burger & Corn Tacos!

4.) Moon Juice – One of my all-time favorite places for smoothies & juices. I love their Strawberry Almond Milk, Custom Smoothies & their different “Dust” has become an obsession, I use them almost daily at home! Pop in for a juice or smoothie & head down to the boardwalk/beach, you won’t be disappointed!

These are obviously just a few of my most frequented places in Venice because there are SO many more amazing places to dine but I hope you enjoyed hearing which spots are my favorite!

Jouer High Pigment Lip Gloss

Away With Jouer

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There have been a few experiences over my blogging career that I’ve had to stop & pinch myself to see if this is real life. This trip to Ojai with Jouer Cosmetics was one of those experiences.

I don’t know if I say it often enough but I truly am beyond thankful for each & every one of you who take the time to follow along with the content I create. I wouldn’t be where I am today without you all & I never take that for granted. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU.

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I’m not going to lie, I haven’t shopped in American Eagle in years & years. I walked past the store in Century City here in LA & a few things caught my eye. I’m so glad I decided to go in because I fell in love with this matching set. It is the epitome of summer for me & I would wear it daily if I could! You can find it HERE.

jouer lip gloss swatch Jouer Lip GlossI received so many compliments on this Floral Dress & think it’s perfect for summer!

I had the most amazing little getaway with Jouer in Ojai. We stayed at the Ojai Valley Inn (if you ever go, you must have a spa treatment done! I had a massage & it was one of the best massages I have ever received!). They took a group of us to celebrate the launch of their new High Pigment Lip Gloss & guys, I am blown away by the formula! This is honestly the best formula I have ever tried for lip gloss. When they say that they are high pigment, they mean that they are high pigment. You can see just how amazing they are in this tutorial! I could go on & on about them because I truly love them that much BUT I will let the formula & pigmentation speak for themselves. If you’re curious, I have been living in the color Champs-Elysees 🙂

I just want to say thank you to the entire Jouer team. It’s rare to meet so many kind & incredible people in one place but they all are just beyond lovely. Thank you guys (especially Christina) for all of the support & love over the years. I appreciate it more than you will ever know!

 

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Fujifilm Instax Vegas Trip

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If you follow along on Instagram, you probably saw my Las Vegas adventure with Fujifilm Instax for our #InstaxUSTour. Honestly, this trip was one of the best trips I’ve ever been on! We were completely spoiled & I got to experience it all with some amazing babes who went from strangers to friends in a matter of hours. Seriously though, everyone we met kept asking how long we had been friends for & were shocked when we said less than 24 hours haha!

I’ve been obsessed with Fujifilm Instax cameras for years (who doesn’t love those cute Instax photos!?) & I loved that we were able to bring ours all around the city & snap fun photos of our trip. As you can see from these photos, we had the privilege of doing some incredible activities! The Neon Sign Museum & The Billboard Awards were 2 things that I was able to check off my bucket list & both were more incredible than I could have imagined!

I hope you enjoy these photos from our adventure in Vegas with Fujifilm Instax! Special thanks to The Palms for hosting us in a killer 2-story suite with a private pool, STK for the yummiest food, the Neon Museum for the best photo shoot, Grand Canyon Airlines for the coolest tour AND of course Fujifilm Instax for the BEST TRIP!!

 

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Life Updates & Disneyland

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The past two weeks have been nuts! So many different things have been going on from family in town to doctors appointments that I figured I would just give you a little update.

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I’ve had multiple doctors appointments, ultrasounds & CT scans for random lumps & bumps that my doctors discovered over the past few months. Don’t worry, everything is looking good! I just have to monitor them & go back in another 3-6 months to make sure they’re not growing. For now, though, they all have remained the same size & are benign. A little PSA for all you girls & women out there, make sure & stay up on your annual check ups & breast checks with your OBGYN. I know so many girls my age who have had lumps found in their breasts & while most of them are benign, it’s important to find those things early just in case they could be something more serious. Not trying to scare you at all, just trying to encourage you all to stay up on your appointments because I was pretty bad at staying up on mine until I got pregnant with Kannon 🙂

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My brother & sister in law were in town last week with their three kids & we had the best time. We miss them so much now that they live in Utah & any chance we can all get together is the best. We spent a couple of days at Disneyland, which was so exciting but also SO exhausting. I always forget how tiring multiple days at Disneyland are! Don’t get me wrong, I love Disneyland more than most but it’s a lot of walking around with multiple kids in tow. I loved that we split up the days though so we only went to one park per day instead of park hopping both days. We also spent a day in Malibu and if you guys follow us on social media, you know that Malibu is one of our favorite places to go during Spring/Summer. I highly recommend eating at Malibu Farm on the pier & doing a beach day either before or after. Make sure & bring a sweater/jacket though because it can get cold on the pier with the wind.

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I think we all suffered from exhaustion from everything that we did last week because our entire little family ended up with the flu for the past 5 days. That probably has to do with our immune systems being down from lack of sleep &, not the healthiest diet (who can turn down churros at Disneyland!? Not this girl!). All in all, though, we’ve been having far too much fun & are ready to be back to “normal life” for the next couple of weeks before our next trip 🙂

 

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How We Road Trip With Kids

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Road trips are basically in my blood at this point. Growing up, we took so many road trips as a family that I honestly couldn’t count if I tried. Later on, as a teenager, I continued the tradition & took a lot of road trips with friends. While some people loathe road trips, I personally think they’re some of the best adventures! Taking road trips with 2 kids under 4 (or children in general) might sound daunting, we always have a fun adventure & make so many fun memories. 

We get asked all the time how our boys do on long drives &, to be honest, they do really well! Our secret? We just prep them young haha. From the time they are born, we get them used to their car seats. I mean, why not get them used to things they’ll be sitting in for the next 7-8 years of their lives? It honestly makes life so much easier for those times when you have to be in the car for an extended period of time. When they’re really young, though make sure you don’t have them in their car seats for too long of stretches (it can give them a flat skull) & make sure they’re not napping in them unsupervised (they can stop breathing).

Another thing I highly recommend is to have lots of snacks & “checkpoints”. My mom came up with the “checkpoint system” when we were kids. I’m sure all of you road tripping kids had something similar! & every hour (if we behaved well), we were able to choose a little treat. If you don’t want to give your kids sugar, I highly suggest going to the dollar store or checking out Target’s dollar section & picking out little toys or coloring books that they can play with. The key is to keep them occupied & looking forward to something so they’re not constantly whining or asking, “are we there yet!?”

The last thing I recommend for road trips (& the thing that makes them the best adventures), is to take your time! If the kids are getting cranky, stop & let them stretch their legs. Sure, it takes longer that way but trust me, those times will probably be some of your favorite moments. I have so many memories of Kannon running around & having fun in the most random places on road trips. You would be surprised how much fun you can have in the middle of nowhere if you just stop stressing about getting to the destination & make it an adventure 🙂

Do you have any road trip tips? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Road Trip Vlog

Behind the Scenes: Road Trip

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We took a fun road trip to Sequoia National Park here in California & I wanted to take you behind the scenes so you can see how I take my blog photos & such! I hope you enjoy 🙂

20 Small Ways to be Healthier in 2017

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One thing about being a mom, or a working woman in general, is that health can unfortunately fall to the end of the priority list. I try to eat clean for the most part, but I’m also too lenient with myself. Since I want to raise health-conscious boys and feel good for myself, I’m incorporating small things throughout my day that lead to improvement. Every little thing counts when it comes to health, and by starting small, hopefully these turn into bigger habits. Here are 20 things I’m currently working on:

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2.) Drink a cup of water right when I wake up.

3.) Start with 10 minutes of exercise 4x a week, and increase the time gradually.

4.) Keep healthy backup options in our freezer (brown rice and veggies for stir fry, whole wheat bread and tortillas, ground turkey (or veggie crumbles) for pasta, frozen kale for smoothies, etc.).

5.) Sip on hot lemon water in the morning before eating.

6.) Add vegetables to each meal.

7.) Save sugar for a couple times a week.

8.) Make a big healthy crockpot meal each week, freeze leftovers.

9.) Meal plan.

10.) Stretch with the boys.

11.) Drink sparkling water instead of soda.

12.) Swap a lettuce wrap for a sandwich once a week.

13.) Try a new fitness class once a month. Perfect for a date day or time with girlfriends!

14.) Use Instacart for healthy ingredients if I can’t get to the grocery (instead of takeout).

15.) Set an alarm for every hour to get up, walk around, have some water.

16.) Do morning dance parties with the boys to get moving. Or whenever we need energy.

17.) Take a daily probiotic and vitamin.

18.) Use less salt.

19.) Read motivational blogs or listen to podcasts when I’m feeling lazy.

20.) Prioritize sleep! Set an alarm for an hour before bed to turn off tech, do my nightly routine, and get into bed with a book.

What small things do you incorporate to feel healthy? I’d love to hear in the comments below! 

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NYFW Vlog / NYC Girls Trip

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The trip was such a great time & I loved showing Hendrix around for the first time since being out of my belly 🙂 It was such an odd feeling being back in the neighborhood we lived in for the beginning of this year. While I was so ready to come home to have Hendrix, I kind of miss living in NYC! There is just something magical about the big city & I will always love being there. Who knows, maybe one day we will end up back there for a little while again!
I hope you enjoyed this video & the photos of our trip! If you’re headed to NYC anytime soon, make sure & check out my favorite places to eat HERE!
Palm Tree Shirt

Goodbye Palm Trees, Hello NYC

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Palm Tree Shirt: H&M (in-store)

High Waisted Jeans: c/o Mott & Bow

Tan Suede Sneakers: Puma

Life has been insane lately! As you’re reading this, I’m probably on a flight to NYC! Prepping for NYFW is always a bit nuts, but since I’m bringing Hendrix along with me this time, it’s been even more crazy because of all the extras I need to pack. I know some people think us bloggers are crazy when we bring our babies/kids along to things like NYFW but I’m just not ready to be away from Hendrix yet. Let’s be honest, I still don’t like leaving Kannon & he’s 3 1/2 sooo.. Leaving my kids behind will probably only happen when it has to happen 🙂

I am so incredibly excited to be heading to NYFW again & this time I’m headed there with an amazing brand! I can’t wait to share behind the scenes photos & videos so make sure you’re following along on all social media (links are in my side bar or @blueeyedfinch across the board:))! My mom & sister are also coming with me so we will be having a fun little adventure aside from all of the fashion week madness. NYC, here we come!!!